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Thirteen cattle stolen in latest county Armagh farm theft incident

Thirteen cattle were stolen from a county Armagh field in the latest such incident in the area.

Police in Newtownhamilton are appealing for information following the theft from a field in Silverbridge.

Sometime between 5pm on Thursday, October 29 and 7.30am on Friday, 30 October, 13 cattle were taken from a field on Drumalt Road.

Constable Edwards said: “We would like to hear from anyone who has information in relation to the theft or whereabouts of these cattle. We can be contacted in Newtownhamilton on 101, quoting ref: 213 301015”

If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The figures from the Department of Agriculture show that in 2013 a total of 3,861 cattle were stolen in Northern Ireland. Only 119 were reported as being recovered.

During that year, Newry proved to be the hotspot for thefts with 817 cattle going missing, closely followed by Dungannon and Armagh with numbers totalling 624 and 604 respectively.

The figures were just as bad in 2014 when a total of 3,738 cattle were stolen and only 80 recovered. Newry and Armagh proved the most likely areas for thefts this time with numbers stolen at 619 and 646.

And this year is looking no better with 2,146 cattle stolen so far with just 20 recovered.

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